Impose - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪmˈpəʊz|  American pronunciation of the word impose
Brit.  |ɪmˈpəʊz|  British pronunciation of the word impose


- compel to behave in a certain way (syn: constrain, enforce)
Social relations impose courtesy
- impose something unpleasant (syn: bring down, inflict, visit)
- impose and collect (syn: levy)

Extra examples

The judge imposed a life sentence.

I needed to break free from the limits imposed by my own fear of failure.

A special tax is imposed on very high incomes.

The shop-owner imposed upon them fake antiques.

The court can impose a fine.

The government imposed a ban on the sale of ivory.

We could ask to stay the night, but I don't want to impose on them.

Military spending imposes a huge strain on the economy.

I will only stay till Saturday as I have no wish to impose on you.

Social relations impose courtesy

...electronic monitoring bracelets are sometimes used to impose a circumscription of movement on people awaiting trial...

Lobbyists complain that the bill would impose punitive taxes on the industry.

I have no wish to impose on you.

The power to impose taxes is vested in Congress.

Councils will get sweeping powers to impose fines on drivers who park illegally.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: impose
he/she/it: imposes
present participle: imposing
past tense: imposed
past participle: imposed
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